It may have been half-term for our FBB Schools participants but the news – and football – doesn’t sleep, and football journalist-in-the-making Munir was out on the road to interview Leyton Orient midfielder Bradley Pritchard.
Munir, a 13 year old from Archbishop Lanfranc Academy in Croydon, was representing FBB TV as part of the Spiral programme, which aims to reduce young persons’ chances of unemployment by developing key transferable skills.
Spiral has teamed up with FBB to bring these tactics onto the football pitch through #FootballFutures, a project highlighting jobs off the pitch as well as on it.
And as jobs go, Munir believes interviewing professional footballers could be worse.
“It was an amazing first time experience and I was very grateful to be chosen,” he said.
“Not many people have this opportunity, that’s why I had to give it a go and put everything into it.”
The #FootballFutures programme aims to incorporate inspirational professionals from the football industry, enabling young people to sample a day in the life of a sports journalist, blogger, scout and reporter.
For Munir, being able to get first-hand experience of life as a football journalist by interviewing Pritchard was invaluable.
“To actually get a chance to interview a professional footballer is – wow – absolutely once in a lifetime chance,” Munir added.
“It’s not every day a young man like me can say I just interviewed a footballer.
“That’s why I believe Spiral is one of the best projects out there that allows you to do things that you couldn’t do in a classroom.
“It shows you transferable skills to take with you to a working environment and generally everywhere.”
Spiral is running a Crowdfunder campaign to raise funds to provide more people like Munir with access-all-areas opportunities. With just a few days left before the crowdfunder ends, donations would be greatly appreciated – click the link above to find out more.
And Munir hopes more young persons will get the chance to see the borders football can break down.
“I am truly thankful of this project and hope it continues to show the youth of today many skills and help us extend our football knowledge.”
Look out for the full interview on FBB TV soon.